Good Alumni Mentors are

  • Available, accessible and consistent
  • Prompt and reliable
  • Compassionate and supportive
  • Good listeners and confidants
  • Encouragers, friends, guides and coaches
  • Positive role-models

To have a successful mentoring experience, Alumni Mentors should

  • Discuss and establish your expectations and your Student Mentee’s expectations/needs
  • Set a measurable SMART Goal with Student Mentee(s)
  • Revisit Student Mentee goal and expectations monthly to ensure that he/she is on track
  • Communicate weekly with Student Mentee(s) and meet according to the Mentor UPP schedule
  • Work at building a positive, professional relationship
  • Encourage and challenge Student Mentee(s) to explore options and possibilities
  • Provide information and resources to Student Mentee(s)/offer suggestions and feedback


  • Complete the online application
  • Review the materials and/or view the online Mentor Video Orientation
  • Set expectations with your Student Mentee(s) at your first meeting
  • Assist Student Mentee(s) in setting one SMART Goal after your first meeting
  • Interact with Student Mentee(s) according to the Mentor UPP Schedule
  • Complete the monthly Check In Reports (one for each mentee)

Goal setting with Student Mentee(s): (Set one SMART Goal)

  • SSpecific – Have your mentee write a concise statement of the goal by stating what they wish to achieve and the expected outcome.
  • MMeasurable – Work with your mentee to determine how to measure the goal or outcome so they know when the goal has been accomplished. Goals can be quantitative and/or qualitative.
  • AAttainable – The goals must be within the mentee’s skill set and knowledge level with appropriate resources available.
  • RRelevant – The goals should contribute to mentee’s personal growth.
  • TTime specified – Goals should have a deadline and not be open-ended. Goals can change so they can be modified with a new deadline if needed.